78 LIFE OF for science, named Montnfor,* who accompanied. hirn on this journey., and on the 23rd June,, 1802, ho even ascended the Chimborazo, where hu climbed to a height of 8036 toises, an elevation to which no man before Hiimboldt hud ascended. Nature seeing indeed, most unwillingly to allow mortals to penetrates Into her mysterious depthB, or ascend her mysterious altitudes; above she threatens thorn, with the fatal 'Consequences of a rariiied uubroatliablo atmosphere, below with suffocation In a hot condensation of air. i >w the point of Ohimborazo which Htmiboltlt reached, the blood flowed fromhiseycs, hlsllp^a«nd his pfiuuH, breath- ing became difficult, and the thermometer stood still t Arrived nt Quito, Ifumboldt received a 1 utter, which communicated to him that Captain, Bivudm had sailed to New Zealand., and mimed oa«rAvav<i, round the Cape of Good Hope*. The plan of a junction with Baudin, and the, in that case, practicable journey to Mexico and the Phili],)pine Islands, which ho had cherished for thirteen months, was now yiidtlcinly frustrated. But he was already accustomed, from former times, to such disappointments of long che- rished projects, that he did not lose courage, but, de- pending on his own resources., resolved not to lowo sight of his purpose. He determined to sail from Quito to the Amazon stream, and to arrive In Lima, In time to enable him to observe the passage of the planet Mer- cury across the sun's di«sk. under indescribable difficulties., Humboldt and Ins faithful companion Bonpland reached Loxa, on a path leading through the snowfields of Assuay aaid Uuowoa, which made the transport of the scientific Iiistrnmonts, and the extensive collection., more troublesome. In the woods here, they examined the various speeiea of the China-tree, then wandered eastward over the * Bon Carlos Montufor fell a victim to political partiBattHlnp ia 1811. * f On the 16th December, 1883,, Bon«smgm:ilt> the only olio who has since ascended tins mountain, reached/ not tlio gnLUHttuit; but w point 400 foet Jtig'her than Humboldt could vouturc on.